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Thread: Ornamental Bliss ... using SAS blocks

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    Ornamental Bliss ... using SAS blocks

    While this one is truly a Christmas wall hanging, I purposely chose fabrics that would not "scream" Christmas, so it can stay up for part of the winter. The centre ornaments are all paper pieced, using the traditional SAS block design.

    Thank you to a Dear Friend for nudging me to join her in making this pattern. We each worked on it at the same time, helping to choose each other's fabric and then the assembly progress via emails. First challenge ... what fabrics to use? Finding eight that worked together was the hardest part of the whole process. Every time we thought we were there, then nope! Believe me, we each spent a lot more time choosing the fabrics than making the actual quilt. And talk about adding to the stash!


    Ornamental Bliss is a pattern designed by Liz Schwartz and Stephen Seifert.
    Mine is made at 75% of the original pattern size, finishing at 37"x45".
    Thanks for looking!
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    This was FMQd on my DSM. To give some bling, each ornament was quilted with a coordinating metallic thread, using what I have called an "onion" design! Machine embroidery threads were used for the micro-stippled background and border. A few rows of echo quilting were put around all the ornaments.
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    Using the leftover fabrics, I made a runner and vase mat, to give me some practice work with the metallic threads, before going to the "real" thing.
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    I changed up the background and took my first steps into the world of feathers!
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    Very beautiful. And also love the table runner.

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    I just love the way the pieces blend, and the sense of movement in your wall hanging! Your FMQing is lovely as well. That micro stippling looks like it would take a very long time to do,and it really adds to the piece. The other pieces are also very pretty. Good job!
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    So many great designs coming from the Storm At Sea pattern. Your ornaments and accessories are wonderful!

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    Wonderful! I agree, no matter what the season, it deserves a place on the wall! Beautifully done.
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    Wow...love it!!! nice job!!!!

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    It turned out beautiful!! i have that pattern somewhere or the magazine it's in.

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    beautiful love the border fabric i have that fabric also im making stars with mine!
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    WOWSERS!! QuiltE that is spectacular. Everything about it is breathtaking. You stepped up to the challenge and kicked its hiney to the end of the earth and back. What a fabulous execution of SAS. And kudos to you for doing up the runner and vase mat as practice. Well done and take a bow!

    I happen to have that exact red leaf fabric in my stash and can vouch for its beauty. I know all your other fabrics used are just as exquisite.

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    Very beautiful, I don't blame you for wanting to keep it up for longer than the Christmas season. You do beautiful work.

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    Oh My! those are so beautiful! I love the border fabric and all of it. Just stunning! I love the contrast of the white fabric with the darks. Didn't know SAS was or could be paper pieced.

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    They are all very beautiful! Nice work.

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    Very, very nice QE--love the color choices, the execution is awesome, and the quilting just adds so much to the pieces. I'm sorry your friend's turned out so ugly she rolled it into a ball and threw it in The Box. That was a lot of work and you should be very proud. What a lovely grouping that makes. Pat yourself on the back!!!
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    Thanks Everyone ... I am happy to have you enjoy it too and appreciate your comments very much!


    FelineFanatic ...
    WOWSERS back, to you!!!!!!!!!! .... a compliment from YOU the pro is beyond belief!!! I admire your work SO much and am always green with envy when I see it. You now have be blushing! Yes, that red leaf fabric and the rest of that line are real winners!

    CraftyPat ... I do have a lot of Christmas stuff, but it is such a short season, that something I put this much work into, I really do like to keep it a little more neutral, so it can be enjoyed much longer.

    PollyTink ... PPing SAS, sure makes it a lot easier and keeps your pieces bang on their shape!1

    JanRN ... Thanks too! I keep hoping that my friend will unball it, and finish it off. Sadly, we are our own worse critics, and sometimes need a nudge back, to finish it off!
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    Your wall hanging is gorgeous and I love the look of the metallic thread in the quilting. Bravo. Your tablerunner was a great practice piece. I like practicing on an actual item too, rather than a muslin sandwich. Yours was definitely a success, all around!

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    That is gorgeous. Great work.

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    you sure got the colors perfect and the border goes so well
    qulting s great
    ? is this all pieced or paper pieced
    Thanks Gale

    QuiltE saw your response that it is pp
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    I love your wall hanging. It reminds me of Persian minarets and castle domes. I never thought of using an SAS block in such a way. Beautiful!
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    Amazing!! You should never pack that away! Beautiful work!!

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    It's beautiful!!

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    Gorgeous quilts, and beautiful quilting.

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    Just Beautiful. Love the wall hanging. I can't imagine being able to choose such beautiful colours.

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    Just stunning!!!

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    Beautiful. Love how the SAS blocks change with each rendition.

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    What a great pattern and the fabrics are so perfectly blended and yet stand out on their own. How cool! Now, I just have to say the placemats and runner is fabulous too. What a great accent for the dining room.

    Great work girls!
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